Last week the French government rushed through approval of the Macron Law, a bill designed to modernise France’s economy, speed up growth and deregulate many industries, a move that is considered more “business friendly”. As a result the travel industry will experience the opening up of long distance coach operations across the country.
The law is expected to come into effect from 1st August 2015 and GoEuro.com, the coach, train and flight comparison site for travel across Europe, estimates that the French travel industry will enjoy 5,000,000 coach passengers within the next year, resulting in an extra 22,000 jobs created.
Naren Shaam, CEO and founder of GoEuro said “With the passing of the Macron Law we will see rapid growth in new coach operators throughout the country. Two years ago Germany went through a similar process and the industry has seen between 50 and 80 new operators come into the market, connecting small towns and villages to local and international hubs. We expect similar numbers in France.
“Deregulation of the coaching industry will also benefit consumers as we expect to see a 10% to 70% drop in ticket prices over the next year as more operators come into the market.”
New coach routes in France will mean that travellers from Australia and around the world no longer need to change trains in Paris or other large hubs. Direct coach routes to smaller hubs will now be available to the consumer for distances over 100km.
British companies, such as National Express, Megabus, are expected to expand their services into other areas of France outside of Paris.
Other major international players include iDBus, Starshipper and FlexBus.
France experiences 1.2 million arrivals from Australia each year, with 780,000 people using the French rail service whilst there. The Macron Law is expected to encourage a further 250,000 Australians to use coach transportation services in the years to come.
GoEuro.com already works with all major coach companies to ensure that consumers are able to search and compare prices ensuring they get the best deal.